Call and response
This week’s roundup of apps for iPhone and iPad includes a new way to make sure you don’t accidentally leave your phone behind. There are also games for fantasy fans and comic book lovers, plus some actually useful stuff.
iOS now performs its most important task ever: getting you a dog. The free BarkBuddy app shows you what pets are available for adoption in local shelters and helps you schedule an appointment to meet your possible new best friend. That’s a doggone good idea.
The $2 Cinamatic app for iPhone lets you shoot short films ranging from 3 to 15 seconds, perfect for sharing services like Vine and Instagram. This week’s update features two new free film filters, and also now allows users to make their films while the phone is in landscape orientation.
D-Day Hour by Hour
Next week, on June 6, the world will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France, which turned the tide of World War II irrevocably in favor of the Allies against Germany. D-Day Hour by Hour is a $5 iPad app featuring text, maps, and videos taking you through one of the most momentous days of the last century.
D&D Lords of Waterdeep
Fans of this previous Staff Pick may be interested in its latest $3 expansion, Scoundrels of Skullport. It brings new buildings, additional quests and Intrigue cards, and a brand new mechanic: corruption. You can also now earn achievements for both this and the previous expansion, Undermountain.—Dan Moren
This $1 iPhone app makes it very easy to find your misplaced phone: Just shout “Marco!” near where you think you lost it, and the phone will respond: “Polo!” (Other call and response combinations are available.) It’s not much use if your phone is stolen, but if you’ve simply become temporarily forgetful, the app is handy. And yes, it does work in the background via a low-battery consumption mode.
The latest update to Readdle’s $10 app for PDF reading and annotation is an even better deal: Since it’s now universal, you can buy it once for both iPad and iPhone. Other improvements include a continuous vertical scroll mode, support for calculations in LiveCycle Designer forms, and even faster performance.—Dan Moren
The $2 SKRWT app for iPhone is a highly praised photo-editing app, one that fixes the distorted lines of your phone’s wide-angle snapshots and gives the pictures more of a professional look. The app includes features like auto-cropping, an adjustable grid, and other “high-precision editing” tools.
This $2 iPad game looks like you’re playing in a black-and-white graphic novel of unusual intensity. Developers say it’s the “world’s first true game-comic book hybrid.” It’s set in a future American state called “New Royale,” where an investigative unit must find a weapon of mass destruction before it goes off. There are six chapters to play and read through; the design is created by DC Comics artist Duke Mighten.